(319) 472-6200

Another week has passed and we are happy to report that we are still all healthy!  We pray for those in surrounding nursing homes that are affected by illness, wishing them help, hope, and healing.  We are fortunate to have adequate PPE and staffing at this time.  We also shout out a big thanks to Casey’s for donating pizza for staff and McDonald’s who has offered free meals to health care workers.

Our Materials Department has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we have the supplies we need. Attached you will find a picture of their smiling faces! Here are a few words from their Director, Kelly Henkle:

Trudy and Leona continue to work hard in our VGH Materials department, purchasing the supplies and medical equipment our residents and staff need to stay happy, healthy and safe.  This has posed a few challenges, with national and global supply shortages, but they are up to the challenge, continually working with suppliers so that we have everything we need.  Here’s a big Thank You to Trudy and Leona for all that you’re doing!!

We have changed our set up so masks are positioned at the door for ease of application.  All staff puts on a mask, takes their temperature, fills out a screening questionnaire.  If they are well, they put on a face shield and report for duty.  Anyone that has any symptoms leaves immediately and seeks information from our Employee Health/Infection Control Department in conjunction with their primary care physician.  We are diligently working to prevent illness from getting into the building.

Several of you have continued to bring care packages or supplies to residents.  This is so valuable to them and very much appreciated. We would ask to maintain social distancing, that you leave items in the entry way, and call staff to retrieve it.  That just keeps another layer of distance to keep everyone safe.

Activities has been working hard to lift spirits and have some fun.  Here is an overview:

Hi from all the residents and the Activity Team at Nursing and Rehab,

We have had a very exciting week in N&R. Besides our normal and different activities we are doing such as the daily room bingo, coloring, or painting art. We have been blessed with many beautiful cards and pictures from loca        l church groups and children that remind us how much love and support we are receiving from our community. We also had the “Bubble Man,” Tom Pingenot, his wife Eunice and 2 grandchildren making, beautiful, enormous and many, many bubbles for us. He went around to different spots of the building so many could see from their windows, others we social distanced them at spots of the windows in our large dining room. There are pictures on our website and Facebook page, if you have not seen them, please take a look, they are amazing!!! Everyone was just astonished with this. Many oohs and aahs could be heard. 

Mr. Pingenot has traveled all over the world sharing his wonderful bubble skills and has even been in the Guinness book of world records. Mrs. Pingenot even shared the bubble mixture recipe with us.

This week, wow, we had the Easter Bunny, we had the Bubble Man, I don’t know how we can top that. We do have some fun things for next week, though. Another birthday and some ooey, gooey treats, who knows, but it will be fun.

Again, thanks for everyone’s support of cards, letters, pictures, treats, food, the list goes on.

We feel the love.

Michele Schoonover sent this weekly update with the flyers:



and an update on our COVID inspection by the Department of Inspections and Appeals:

For those of you that don’t know, On March 23, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, (CMS), sent Infection Control guidance to Hospitals and Nursing Homes related to COVID19.  Specifically, they wanted to make sure facilities had measures in place for standard and transmission based precautions (isolation) and general respiratory hygiene, i.e., cough etiquette (Cover your cough). CMS wanted to ensure staff performed proper hand hygiene, that staff used hand sanitizer and performed hand washing.  We have PPE and have educated employees in the proper use of equipment.  Daily we monitor and screen employees, patients and visitors coming to our facility.  The hospital had a remote inspection on April 6th, and N&R on April 20th by the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals that both areas successfully passed.  Congrats!!

VGH Clinics are also keeping it safe for our patients. The Atkins, Urbana and Van Horne Clinics are triaging patients with respiratory symptoms and using alternate entrance to provide care and practice good infection control in the clinic setting.  Keep up the great work.

Chelsea Erhardt in Social Services says to tell everyone Hi!  She misses you and looks forward to having things back to normal!

We have Skype, FaceTime, phone, and window visits available to keep you connected with your loved one at a distance.  Please contact our Activity Department at 319-472-6377 or the desk at 319-472-6280 if you want to set up a time to connect with your loved one. 

Thank you for all you are doing to help us keep everyone safe!

Jessica Henkle, BS, RN-BC, NHA

Director of Long Term Care Services

Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab

Phone (319) 472-6347

*For more information on Virginia Gay Hospital’s response to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Need to Know web page.